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Old 03-05-2013, 06:11 PM
beemer_fan beemer_fan is offline
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Just bought my first BMW yesterday, 01 M5 manual with 60k miles. I let my brother do a drive with me trusting that he knew how to drive a manual since he owns a manual Hyundai Veloster. Well as it turns out he doesnt. I thought he was driving in too low of a gear but didnt say anything cuz the rpms werent too high. Turns out his foot was riding on the clutch pedal and by the time I could smell the clutch burning, it was too late. I need to replace it but Im limited on funds given that I bought my M5 cash. A lot of people have mentioned the Luk clutch kit as an affordable option. Are there better options out there that I can buy for under $750? Is the Luk clutch an upgrade over oem? I can get one on ebay for $250, does anyone know where I could buy one for less? Im not opposed to spending more for a clutch if it means I can get better performance while maintaining driveability so long as its under $750.
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:42 AM
Mdude Mdude is offline
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You can get an oem clutch for 200 bucks on I would do it myself, that said if you don't know what you are doing i would have a mechanic do it. But its not hard.

The oem clutch is made by Luk.

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Old 03-09-2013, 09:42 AM
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A SIGNIFICANT source of info for what clutch to buy and how to NOT F up the install... For example, if you reuse the pressure plate you must use a tool to reset the SAC mechanism...
OE is Original Equipment: aka 'BMW Original Parts"; aka "What you buy at the BMW dealer with a BMW label on it"

OEM is Original Equipment Manufacturer... EITHER 'the company that made the OE part" or.... 'A part this is identical to the OE part, but is sold by the OEM under their own label,"


Don't believe me? Read:
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